Photo Flash: Opening Night Of PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is the story of Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, who desperately wants to be part of the surf scene on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities.Comedienne Kristen Johnston and [title of show]'s Hunter Bell were among the audience members at Pipeline Theatre Company's oversold opening night performance of Charles Busch's camp classic, Psycho Beach Party.
Charles Busch takes the world of Gidget and Beach Blanket Bingo and paints it neon in this screwy, sexy and schizophrenic romp through the sand. There are hot guys, sexy chicks, a runaway movie star, and many seaside trysts and turns. Only one person is out to ruin the fun-she's got world domination on her mind and a razor in her hand.
Featuring: Jenny Donheiser, Laura Durst, John Early, Janna Emig, Meagan Kensil, Brian Maxsween, Brad Mielke, Alex Mills, Erik Olson, Eric Williams and Shane Ziegler
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is presented by Pipeline Theatre Company and will be performed in the Green Room at the Theaters at 45 Bleecker (45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette St.) April 8-17.
Tickets are $18 ($9 for Students) and are available through Telecharge and can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting telecharge.com.
Thursday - April 8 @ 10:30pm
Friday - April 9 @ 10:30pm
Saturday - April 10 @ 10:30pm
Monday - April 12 @ 10:30pm
Wednesday - April 14 @ 10:30pm
Thursday - April 15 @ 10:30pm
Friday - April 16 @ 10:30pm
Saturday - April 17 @ 10:30pm
Note: This show is recommended for audience members age 17 and up.
Charles Busch (playwright) is the author and star of such plays as The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. His more recent work The Third Story was produced in 2009 by MCC at the Lortel Theatre. The Divine Sister, his latest play, had a limited run at Theater for the New City in February 2010.
DANIEL JOHNSEN (director) is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Pipeline Theatre Company. He directed their inaugural production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Love of the Nightingale. Most recently, he directed the Off-Off Broadway cult hit, Ghost of Dracula by Kenneth Molloy at the Wings Theatre. Daniel studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, and he recently directed Critical Approval with them. He has also directed shows in Los Angeles, including Neil Simon's Rumors (Fojo Productions) and Larry Shue's The Foreigner (ELATE Theater Co.) for which he won best director and best show for the 2009 season.
PIPELINE THEATRE COMPANY is a group of emerging actors, directors, writers and designers newly graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Having just reached our first birthday as an ensemble, Pipeline has already produced two full-length productions in New York-Timberlake Wertenbaker's Love of the Nightingale and a member-penned new work, Sleepless City-and two award-winning short films. With a common aesthetic and a common technique, Pipeline's mission is to simply tell excellent, entertaining,, thoughtful stories that explore the many facets of humanity from our unique perspective. Running the gamut from angst, heartbreak, and ennui to the absurd, hilarious, and utterly joyful, the work Pipeline produces-both new and established-hopes to be a testament to the power of theater to entertain, inspire, and enlighten.
Photo credit: Ian Tabatchnick
The cast of Psycho Beach Party
Molly Hager and Michael R. Jackson
Allie Schulz with John Early
Hunter Bell with John Early
Kristen Johnston with members of the cast